Traveling the Natchez Trace

Trip Start May 10, 2013
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Trip End May 18, 2013


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Quality Suites Baton Rouge
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY

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Monday, May 13, 2013

We spent the night last night with our gracious hosts, Ray & Jean. We awoke bright and early to a delicious breakfast prepared by Jean. After breakfast, we all loaded up our iron steeds with supplies and clothing,   
 

and after a brief photo op, mounted and "kickstands up" at 8:00 am. 


Ray & Jean rode out with us and since we've never been in "THIS" 'neck of the woods before, we welcomed Ray's offer to be our 'tour guide' and ride leader. 

  


Ray took us down some very beautiful country roads which gave us witness to some beautiful farmlands as well as old plantation style homes.

  

The "highlight" of the day was being able to ride a portion of the "Beautiful"  NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY,

   where we also were able to turn onto some side roads and visit the old Rocky Springs Methodist Church and Cemetery. 

The old church is the only building left in the old community of 'Rocky Springs' which was wiped out by YELLOW FEVER back in the late 1800s. The church & surrounding grounds are supposedly haunted but the only "SCARY" sightings there that day, were the "Ghost Busters" Gang....well we ARE "rooted" deep in friendship. 


  Another side road opened up to and allowed us to walk around the "WINDSOR RUINS".  These 'RUINS' are what is left of an old Plantation Home built in 1861 before the Civil War. It consisted of 23 rooms and upon completion, the owner died before being able to move into the home. His wife & children moved in and lived there until it was completely destroyed by fire in 1890, due to a house guest leaving a lighted cigar unattended on the upper balcony. An iron staircase that was left in tact after the fire was donated for use in the Oakland Chapel at Alcorn State University.

As we continued our day's journey, we rode through several old towns one to which I considered "MY TOWN"     ....well, I considered it "MY" town...after all it and all the businesses were 'named' after me (LOL) 

We stopped off for lunch in Natchez, MS at 'Fat Mama's Tamales', a quaint little mexican eatery. While in Natchez, we also walked along the Mississippi River Walk Park and observed Barges hauling cargo along the 'Mighty Mississippi River'. 




While in Natchez we shopped at a unique little shop called 'Old South Trading Post' where we purchased a 1 lb can of the world's best tasting coffee, 'Cafe' Du Monde'..... also, while there, I met up with a cute little female "number" and decided to 'steal a kiss' without my Bride knowing.....or so I thought.   


Leaving Natchez we continued our trek, passing more interesting as well as beautiful sites.

    

   On into Louisiana we ventured and made our final turn towards this day's destination, Baton Rouge, LA.

.....We pulled up to the Quality Suites in Baton Rouge, unloaded and bedded down our 'horses-of-steel', and bid each other a pleasant goodnight.

We all are excited as to "what wonders and sights tomorrow will bring".....Goodnight !!

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"GOD will command His Angels to protect you wherever you go".  ~  (Psalm 91:11)







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